The Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PSSC) is finally – after 66 years – opening itself up to the philatelic crowd, and in some unexpected ways. PSSC President Ingo Nessel said the “knowledge-based organization” is looking to grow, although he was sure to explain the “growth and path to growth has to be defined.” “We want to be vibrant and energetic and let Canadian philatelists know what they can look forward to joining once they become more specialized and mature,” he said. “Everybody who’s anybody has been a member, but we’re not just looking for superstars; we want to also encourage people to become superstars in philately.” Nessel concedes stamp collecting is a hobby, something that’s fun and relaxing, but he said there’s another level to the hobby that offers lifelong entertainment and education. Continue reading →
The decision to hold an third-party review of Canada Post is probably the first really good idea about postal transformation in a long time. From the perspective of Canadian philatelists, this is a fascinating period of postal reform, with the way our mail is routed, processed and handled at the core, along with rate structures and even the future of postage stamps. The task is not enviable. The year-long process will attempt to juggle the sometimes competing interests of unionized workers, Canada Post, business, and of course, individual Canadians. That isn't going to be easy, but it's a lot more than Canadians have been offered in a long time. Certain things are undeniable. Traditional letter-mail is dropping more and more each year, Canada Post is a huge company with a large workforce and an expensive benefits package to retain, relations between the corporation and its unionized members is difficult at best, and increased online business has boosted parcel delivery. That's about all we know for sure.
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